A viewer points out that the Real Housewives of New Jersey star still hasn’t admitted to committing fraud, only signing papers, and that it makes her want to flip a table. To that, Teresa says, “Flip a table.”
Teresa‘s average day in prison: get up at 6:30, check email, yoga, walk or run the outside track, eat lunch, have coffee, watch CNN, take a nap, get up, work out again, count time at 4:00, work out again, eat dinner, have coffee, work out again, watch TV, go to bed. “I did have a job on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. After breakfast, I would wipe down the tables. That was my job.”
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About the lesbian sex, Teresa shares, “I didn’t have a problem with it. If that is what they want to do to let their time go by, God bless them.”
Andy asks Teresa if she is going to vote for Donald Trump. “Or course I’m going to vote for Donald Trump. I think he’s amazing. I think he’ll make a great president.”
What happened when Teresa was accused of hiding a phone? “We had to leave our room. They took us to another room. They told us to wait there, then an officer came and took me and my roommate to the bathroom separately. We had to strip down, bend down, and cough. They strip searched out the whole room, turned everything upside down, ripped the mattresses out, and checked our lockers.”
What have Joe and Teresa told the girls about Joe’s sentence? “We told them that Daddy’s going to work. Obviously Gia knows.”
“When they came there they saw Danbury Prison Camp, and I said, ‘Mommy has to live here, I’m writing a book about being in prison.’ I’m sure Milania and Gabriella are smart little girls. They’re not asking the questions. They love Mommy so whatever Mommy tells them goes. When they get older, believe me, Joe and I will sit then down and tell them everything. I just want to protect them. They’re my babies.”
Teresa says there’s more drama in prison than there is on Real Housewives of New Jersey.
“Can you imagine being with almost 220 women? On Housewives it is only five or six. I never knew that girls could start so much drama. If one person knew one thing, it spread like fireflies,” says Teresa. “The whole camp would know.” Andy asks, like fireflies? Do you mean spreads like wildfire?
Did Teresa get special treatment from the guards or the inmates? “Not at all. If anything, I was looked at the most. All eyes were on me.”
How did Teresa spend her birthday in prison? “A few girls in there had a dinner for me. I was friends with the cook in the kitchen. She made me grilled chicken with spinach (fresh spinach, not canned) sauteed with garlic over spaghetti and she made me a great salad. It was nice.”
“Believe it or not, they do have prison parties,” adds Teresa. “Everyone cooks, gets together. They even dance in there. I was shocked when I saw that. “
A caller asks Teresa if her time “away” will affect her brand/businesses. “Oh, it did. Pretty much all my businesses went to shit with this whole legal thing. I have to rebuild now. We all fall down. We just have to pick ourselves back up.”
About Joe and Apollo Nida being in the same prison, Teresa shares, “I met Phaedra before, but I never met her husband. It’s really big. I don’t know if they will be together. It they are, maybe they’ll become friends.”
What was Teresa‘s first post-prison cosmetic procedure? “A hydrafacial. I was dreaming about that. And I couldn’t wait to get a pedicure.”
Andy asks Teresa about her 44 days of home confinement. “It wasn’t so bad. I have no problems following directions and following rules. I just had to tell my probation officer what I had planned each day and obviously working is allowed and I was filming.”
Was Teresa‘s sentence karma for flipping a table? “No, I really don’t believe in the whole karma thing. I think Danielle Staub said that was karma towards me. If that’s what she thinks, God bless her.”
A caller asks Teresa how she could stand being in prison when she couldn’t even stand living in a used house. “That was a stupid thing I said. Listen, I was skeeved out – there was urine stains and blood stains on the mattress. I didn’t care about clothes, shoes, whatever. I wore sweats and t-shirts every day.”
How has Teresa changed? “I’m definitely calmer. I just try not to sweat the small stuff. I’m living every day like it’s my last and just focusing on my family.”
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